Australian News and Analysis

Low paid forced to travel the furthest

Low paid forced to travel the furthest

May 28, 2016 at 8:30 am

By Socialist Party reporters New research has shown that low paid workers employed in the Central Business Districts (CBDs) of Australia’s major cities are being forced to travel further to get to work. In cities like Sydney and Melbourne workers were commuting more than 16km a day on average. This […]

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Young people targeted by online bookmakers

Young people targeted by online bookmakers

May 27, 2016 at 10:22 am

By Conor Flynn Australians are the biggest gamblers in the world. Recent figures comparing 15 developed countries showed Australia to be number one, with average losses per adult of almost $1300 per year. In 2013-14, total gambling losses were more than $21 billion. While other forms of gambling are stable […]

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ABCC is bad news – just like last time

ABCC is bad news – just like last time

May 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm

By David Suter The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation was the trigger for the July 2 double dissolution election. Turnbull made the play with two aims in mind: hoping to use the double dissolution to clean out the crossbench in the Senate, while pushing a piece of anti-worker […]

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University of Sydney “restructures”

University of Sydney “restructures”

May 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

By Dane Letcher The University of Sydney’s highest governing body – the Senate – has voted in a secret meeting to “restructure” its faculties. This is despite protests and opposition from both the student and staff unions. The secret meeting was held in December last year when student and staff […]

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African youth targeted to justify harsher policing

African youth targeted to justify harsher policing

May 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

By David Elliott A series of fights broke out on March 12 at Birrarung Marr and Federation Square in Melbourne, on the day of the Moomba festival. Police say a few of the youths were from the ‘Apex’ gang, but their initial account was inconsistent. State ALP Premier Daniel Andrews […]

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WA: Police negligence exposed at Ms Dhu inquest

WA: Police negligence exposed at Ms Dhu inquest

May 16, 2016 at 9:25 am

By Mick Suter Outside the inquest into the death of the young aboriginal women Ms Dhu, Aunty Carol Roe told The Socialist “My granddaughter died in a cell begging for help”. “She had broken ribs, bleeding on the lungs and was in excruciating pain. Locked up for days without proper […]

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Spending cuts not required, Australia awash with wealth

Spending cuts not required, Australia awash with wealth

May 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

By Kirk Leonard “We have to live within our means” chants federal treasurer Scott Morrison from his many media platforms as he cuts social spending. But there is plenty of wealth in Australia that could be invested to maintain or boost investment in education, health, welfare, transport and housing services. […]

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Sugar Tax: Not such a sweet idea

Sugar Tax: Not such a sweet idea

May 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

By Greg Bradshaw Many people are asking if Australia should follow the UK and introduce a Sugar tax? Socialists say ‘no’. At the moment the junk food industry in Australia is allowed to actively encourage people to consume excess amounts of sugar through prolific advertisement, including utterly unconscionable marketing targeted […]

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The truth about Australia’s refugee camps

The truth about Australia’s refugee camps

May 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Last week a number of media outlets in Hong Kong made sexist and racist attacks against our sister group (Socialist Action) who have been at the forefront of organising protests in defence of refugee rights. Some outlets also expressed support for Australia’s cruel and racist refugee regime, claiming it was […]

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Federal election: Which way forward for marriage equality?

Federal election: Which way forward for marriage equality?

May 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

By Ben Convey Scott Morrison’s first budget proposes to spend $160 million on a marriage equality plebiscite. With polls consistently showing that the majority of Australians already support marriage equality, most people will ask why this money is being wasted while the government wants to cut funding for the life-saving […]

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